Talk about signs of the apocalypse! First we had snow in Vegas. Then we had the New England Patriots fail to make the playoffs. And now, my writing and producing partner Paul Mullie has agreed to do a fan Q&A. This from a guy who has made it a point to shun all fan forums and Stargate-related internet chatter over his 9+ years with the franchise, in that time routinely avoiding interviews, viewer mail, and, whenever possible, walking by his office window whenever a fan demonstration was taking place outside. I’ll be gathering questions for the Howard Hughes of the Stargate writing department (as he put it: “I’m coming down with Kleenex boxes on my feet and my jars of urine!”) starting Friday night, right after the airing of the Atlantis season finale, Enemy at the Gate, which he wrote and produced.

Back in the office today, working on my SGU script. A little slow-going but I’m managing to maintain the snail’s pace of one scene a day. By comparison, Carl and Marty G. have already delivered their first drafts. Rob and Brad have almost completed episode #3. And Alan reports that he is well into the third act of his script. Paul, thankfully, is only two pages into the outline of his episode.

More news on the casting front. We have our Scott and Stasiak! Official press release to come!

Sugarless Day #4 was typified by headaches, lethargy, and feelings of despair. Tomorrow promises slight nausea, tremors, and the overwhelming desire to chew on the crumb-speckled paper plate upon which sat the morning office muffins. Fondy is quick to point out that, starved of glucose, I may also experience some brain shrinkage during this two week period. Out of curiosity, let me know if anyone notices a difference.

Oh, and before I forget – Congratulations to the Utah Utes who, having disposed of former #1 Alabama in impressive fashion the other night, thereby completing the season as the nation’s only undefeated team, should by all rights lay claim to this year’s national championship over (at least) 1 loss also-rans Oklahoma (who suffered a 10 point loss to Texas. At home!) and Florida (who lost to 20th ranked Mississippi. At home.)

Mailbag:

Shawna writes: “Can you rec five sci-fi books that have strong, interesting characters who aren’t overshadowed by the scientific or philosophical aspects?”

Answer: Hmmm. Try: Old Man’s War (John Scalzi), The Dark Beyond the Stars (Frank Robinson), The Player of Games (Iain M. Banks), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), The Speed of Dark (Elizabeth Moon). Start with those.

Joebags writes: “So word on the street says SGU PTB have hired a 20 year old Canadian Idol reject as one of their stars.”

Answer: Really? I also heard that ground rhino horn increases your libido. Fascinating.

AV Eddy writes: “ Do you find that you aren’t sure of what books you have in your extensive library? A cataloging librarian friend of mine told me about LibraryThing.com”

Answer: My books are right in front of me (in my office) and I keep track of them with a handy Word document. I like LibraryThing but last time I checked it wasn’t WordPress- compatible.

Craig MD writes: “Regarding the Stargate: Universe casting, I don’t remember seeing a “Scott” listed in the casting calls that were released (available on gateworld). Is this a new character or did Jared Nash get a name change?”

Answer: Scott is the new Nash. And green is the new red!

Brinzy writes: “So my question is, do you know what channel it will be airing on and when (if you know), cause it would be a lot more entertaining to watch it on something bigger than my computer screen.”

Answer: Sorry. Aside from Friday at 9:00 p.m. on SciFi, I have no idea where and when the show airs in your area.

Terry writes: “You have a couch in your kitchen?”

Answer: Our kitchen opens out into the living room. That way, on those rare occasions when we eat at home, we can choose t.v. over meaningful dinner conversation.

Terry also writes: “Five writers left? Who? I assume you and Paul? Do Brad and Rob count as part of the writing staff or are they more producerly sorts?”

Answer: Brad and Robert are most definitely part of the SGU writing department.

Shiningwit writes: “Baboon? Baboon? People’ve been hung up by their ankles for less Mister! The librarian is an Orangutan.”

Answer: Ook! My bad!

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “How is Carl Binder lately? He has been awfully quiet? That’s generally not a good sign!!Is he making progress on the new SG1 Movie Script? Also how is your Super de Duper Secret Project?? Have you moved on from the Retirement Home scene???”

Answers: Carl is well. He delivered the first draft of his SGU script today. Also, he’s well into the SG-1 movie script. As for my super, secret project – I’m well past the nursing home scene and well into the hotel room browbeating.

Drldeboer writes: “This isn’t the first cat loss for me (Ralph was 21), but it NEVER gets easier.”

Answer: Didn’t get around to saying it the other day but just wanted you to know I was very saddened to hear about Jet.

Tamijb writes: “So with the casting coming to an end does this mean that we may have SGU airing in the fall.”

Answer: If I was a betting man, I’d be looking at a summer premiere.

Tammy writes: “I’m excited to hear about new writers for the show! Do you put out a call to agents or is it possible for an agent, or even a writer, to contact you directly about submitting a spec script?”

Answer: The production contacts agents who submit clients they think would be a good fit. Their (non-Stargate) spec scripts are read and, if a particular writer looks promising, he or she is invited to pitch.

Narelle from Aus writes: “Sorry Joe, forgot to ask, how is the Wii going?”

Answer: We’ve both been so busy that we haven’t had a chance to set it up yet.

 

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Thornyrose
Thornyrose

My deepest sympathies on the sugar withdrawal symptoms. While I refuse to go cold turkey and undergo the horrors you are suffering, I’m working on the old exercise more/eat less formula. At the moment I have a residual amount of holiday candies to resort to fend off nasty side effects. Once that is gone, I’ll have to resist selling off my dvd collection to purchase more. Until then, I’ll draw strength, and a few laughs, from your heroic efforts.
glad to hear Mr. Binder is still with the Stargate franchise. Alas, I fear that means certain other writers are moving onto other things. May I assume that Mr. McCollough is one such? I can’t resist asking though I know you’ll inform us eventually. The whole not eating and my muscles are sore thing has my patience at an all time low…
VERY exciting news on Mr. Mullie’s agreement to do a guest blog. Thank both him and Mr. Cooper for their willingness to interact with their fans. I wish I could promise we’ll be gentle, but I expect both gentlemen are more than capable of handling a little rough treatment.
As for the press anouncements, any more “big names” being considered at this point? No matter who is cast, known or unknown, I’m not really excited over the casting. It will all depend on the characters, and how the actors bring those characters to life, that will tell the tale. No matter how good or qualified an actor is otherwise, if they don’t make the character their own, it will show on the screen. Thanks as always for all you do for the fans, and what is your reward if and when you reach the two week mark on the sugar free lifestyle?

Jinx

Day #3 of the Sugar-Withdrawal: I had convinced myself it was the flu & fought the urge to go home early from work. Figured I might as well get paid for feeling that crummy. 2 weeks is appearing to be an eternity at the moment.

Does left-over Christmas fudge count as sugar? And, my brain seems to be doing fine. What is .369×2 again?

I face the prospect of being snowed in for the finale. Yay! martinis anyone? I mean, what’s done is done, might as well go out with a bang! Anyone have an “Atlantis-tini” recipe yet?

tamijb
tamijb

That’s even better than fall. I look forward to the Season Premier. Which character is Robert Carlyle playing again?

@Trish: Glad to see that Annebelle is doing well. I know what you mean by tumors. My sister’s dog, who is a pure black doxin had a tumor removed last month. Although it was benign they still had to remove it. She is doing good. What kind of dog is Annebelle again?

@Das: I was wondering where that squeel came from. I thought a mouse got in a house. I hope your friend is true to his word. That would be cool to meet the actor who played Steve. LOL!

Ann-Marie Sloan
Ann-Marie Sloan

Cool you’ve casted more of the SGU team. Can’t wait to hear who the cast is going to be. Waiting on pins and needles!!!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Okay…

So…

Brad and Rob, you and Paul, Alan, Carl, and Marty. That makes 7, right? Two leaving…you and Paul?! Carl and/or Alan and/or Marty?!

With Paul finally shuffling out in his Kleenex box slippers and jars of urine, and you not being very forthcoming, it has me a tad worried. sad

In other news…have you ever said something, then couldn’t remember if you just repeated yourself…and by doing so, maybe lied? Well…remember when I said I just noticed that Janina looked like my foster sister’s sister, blah, blah, blah? Well, the more I thought about it, the more I think I may have said something similar after Whispers, and if I did, I’m sorry. I hate repeating myself…especially when I don’t know if I am repeating myself, but have a gut feeling that maybe I am, especially when I may be claiming to just realize something when, in reality, it dawned on me before…which, by me repeating it as if it’s the first time I’ve said it is – technically – a lie, and I hate to lie.

Hey! Are you following me here?

razz

das

Shawna
Shawna

Start with those.

Excellent. Will do. Thanks!

Following up on Tammy’s question about writing… What would you say are good shows to spec if a writer wants to be considered for Stargate? I’m afraid I’m not all that familiar with most of the non-Stargate sci-fi shows right now, and I understand that shows not currently in production are pretty much useless as far as spec scripts. Also, would it be better to do a spec for an established show, or an original show idea, or does it matter?

drldeboer — I just wanted to add my condolences about Jet. Each pet is so special, and no matter how many you may have, or may have in the future, when one is lost, it can never really be replaced.

Laura
Laura

I’m sad that the last episode is this weekend but look forward to all the movies and SGU! I just went and bought 5 more of the SG-1 and SGA books. Not as good as an episode but way better than nothing.

And although you can’t eat sugar, at least you can eat. I got my wisdom teeth out this morning and can’t move my mouth in order to eat at all. So I’m suffering along with you [although I get tylenol 3 to help me through :)]

pg15

Are you sure it’s safe (for us fans) that you’ll apparently suffer brain shrinkage while writing your SGU script? I mean, I for one don’t want to see an episode where it’s fine at the beginning, but quickly turns into a mess by the second act with characters just repeating “NEED SUGER NEED SUGER NEED SUGER NEED SUGER” over and over and over again. wink

I’m also confused. So there’s now 5 people on the writing team…but here all 7 writers are delivering scripts? Are these the last scripts for those who are departing?

So many unknowns.

Also….green is the new red? Does that mean that the Universe Stargate will have green chevrons? That’s it, isn’t it? I’m so smart.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Urgh… today was an interesting travel day for me, to say the least. The weather changed from sleet to freezing rain to sunniness to snow as we drove further west!!! Finally got back home 8 hours later… a trip that was only supposed to be 6! But safety first and all that jazz.

Congrats on making it thus far with no sugar!!! Good luck with the rest of the 2 weeks!!! smile

IMForeman

Joe, how hard was it getting all the music heard in “Vegas”? I understand just getting “Have you ever seen the rain” in “Unending” was difficult.

Kody
Kody

Hey Mr. M!!
I hate OU (Arkansas fan) but in their defense, the one loss they had wasn’t at home. It was at a neutral site, in TEXAS! btw, thanks for 5 awesome years of Atlantis and I can’t wait for movies and SGU.

Question time: Why did Sci-Fi stop airing ATL and BSG back to back? I know that you might not have the answer but it never hurts to ask.

Thanks and have a great day!

gilder
gilder

TV recommendation:

ABC’s “Homeland Security” documentary series

I worked for one of the precursor agencies 20+ years ago. Last night’s premiere, IMHO, was accurate, entertaining, and enlightening.

pg15

@ drldeboer: I guess I’m a little late with this, but I would like to offer my condolences as well; Jet is at a better place now, and I can only hope that your emotional recovery from this tragedy is a smooth one.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ tamijb – No, not the actor who played Steve – that was James Lafazanos. This actor is Luke Goss, who played Prince Nuada in Hellboy II , and who’s pale, elven make-up and long white hair made him look very Wraithy, a la Steve:

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Of course, Luke is kinda bald, and has eyebrows…but I can handle that, I think. lol Really though, I don’t think I’ll ever meet the guy…you know how people say stuff, but really don’t mean it. But he does know where I live – and my husband is his parent’s locksmith…so…ours is a small enough world that if he does bring the guy to town, he can easily get in touch with me if he so pleases.

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*whose pale… razz

das

lexxye
lexxye

Paul is coming out from under his rock! Squeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Now to think of a half intelligent question.

wolfenm

I’m supposed to be working on my review of Vegas this week and I keep getting distracted by the SGA marathon of reruns on Sci Fi. XD I’m both eager for and dreading Friday. sad

@ drldeboer ~ My condolences on the loss of your kitty. sad

@ Joe ~ my condolences on the sugar withdrawal. For myself, bread carbs are my weakness, but the withdrawal is still bad. XD

@ das ~ mmmmm, Nuaaaaadaaaa ….. Thankee for those piccies ….

@ Trish ~ glad Annabelle is doing okay smile

@ Laura ~ hope you recover quickly

@ Anne Teldy ~ hope you’re doing better!

Oh, and as someone who has also had to have blood transfusions, I second Anne Teldy’s plea for donations! Bright blessings to all donators! …

Okay, Have I missed anyone? XD

To everyone, a reminder: I’m hosting a “Goodbye to the ‘Gate” virtual party on Fri, Jan 9th, at 11:10 PM EST, in my Whirled chatrooms. You don’t have to register to chat; you can participate as a “ghost guest”.

http://www.whirled.com/#world-s101919

Feel free to use the chatrooms any time you like, though. smile

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Deni posted this tonight January 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm: on the Jan. 6th blog:

So, I’ve apparently got a clot in my leg and have been trying to get into the ER all day (it’s packed), and tried to leave again a while ago. As I was headed out the door, my beatiful dog had a major seizure. What next? So, husband will stay with dog, I will go to the hospital and will be reading this thing tomorrow, hopefully! Everyone else, please be/stay well! Deni

Hang in there, Deni! If you see this in time, one sure way to go to the head of the line in an ER is in an ambulance. And a clot is life-threatening. Would hate for you to spend the night in the waiting room when you’ve been waiting (not getting treatment) all day. An ambulance is pricey, I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Do what is best for you, quickly please! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, as everyone else will, too.

Ditto the prayers also for drldboer’s family and Anne Teldy (blood test results??? We’re cheering for you!), Rose/Annabelle, and Shawna.

Lizzyshoe
Lizzyshoe

Are there plans to bring any women onto the writing staff? Not that I don’t love the writing on the show, but I think the female characters have suffered by not having a female writer, and often come out, well, two-dimensional.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Drat! Also meant to say that we’ll be remembering your dog, too. Peace and healing to you and your dog on this crazy night. Peace also for your hubby.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ wolfenm – How about the best of both worlds – Steve’s head on Nuada’s body (sorry, I know I’ve posted this before…that much I DO remember… )

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*sigh*

Guess I’ll have to photoshop out those nipples now… wink

das

shiningwit
shiningwit

Bugger! its morning again.

paloosa
paloosa

The chemistry between cast members for both SG1 and SGA was great. It was fun to know that the actors all genuinely liked and respected each other. And I think that really came across on screen for both shows. Is chemistry something that has been considered in casting for SGU?

I’d also like to add my deepest sympathy to everyone who has suffered the recent loss of your beloved family member. And my sympathy as well to those folks who don’t have the love in their hearts to see them as anything other than family.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Joe, I’m proud of you for keeping with the sugar cut. Whether you start back to it after 2 weeks or at least reduce for good, way to go. Every year at midnight I swear to have more patience with stupid people, and by morning I’ve broken it one way or another. Kudos.

To PG15: I think it was a political statement. Some people fear environmentalists the way they once feared communists.

I’m seriously considering a series rewatch. Let’s see, five seasons, 20 episodes at aprox. 45 minutes, thats…75 hours!!?? Well, maybe just season 5.

While I’m thinking about it, I do have a couple of questions for Mr. Mullie.

1. Being an apparent expert on the topic, what is your opinion on the outlandish notion seen in “The Aviator” that a man who pain-stakingly consumes the same things everyday and goes through the same physical activity everyday would have jars of urine, the color of which varies so widely?

2. The article about you is a stub. Can I help Wikipedia by expanding it?

3. May I?

Line Noise

G’day!

Short time reader, first time commenter. smile

Re: Spec scripts

Have you ever considered approaching some of your favourite sci-fi book authors about writing or collaborating on a script?